The WITI@UC Athena Awards recognize those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women in technology. Awardees will be leaders who inspire others to pursue and persist in technical careers by way of their outstanding contributions, and their service and mentorship to foster inclusion in the field.

The WITI@UC Athena Awards have been announced!

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Awards are made in five categories, described below:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Academic Leadership
  • Early Career
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Next Generation Engagement

The deadline for nominations has passed (Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:00pm PT)

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The Executive Leadership Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership by supporting the professional development and promotion of women in technology within their companies, organizations or the field at large.

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The Academic Leadership Award recognizes senior leaders in academia or national labs who have a demonstrated record of accomplishment and have encouraged or mentored young scholars or colleagues.

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The Early Career Award recognizes promising young leaders in industry, academia, or the public sector.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes women leaders in industry, academia, or the public sector who have undertaken technically innovative work and who have made significant contributions to promoting greater diversity and inclusion of women in the tech sector.

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The Next Generation Engagement Award recognizes organizations or programs that encourage girls or young women to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Awards will include travel support to attend the Women in Tech Symposium on November 30, 2017, at the UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara, California, where awards and cash prizes will be presented.


Sept. 8: Nominations open
Oct. 11, 5:00 p.m. PST: Deadline to submit nominations
Early November: WITI@UC Athena Awards announced
Nov. 30: WITI@UC Athena Awards presented at the Women in Tech Symposium



Registration for the Women in Tech symposium on November 30, 2017 is available now at

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Women in Tech: A Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

November 30, 2017
11:30am – 6:00pm
UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, Santa Clara

Demonstrated benefits of a diverse leadership team and workforce include more robust market insights, improved strategic decisions and increased financial success. Yet from tech accelerators and startup companies to venture capital firms and established industries, female technologists, founders and investors often struggle to marshal support for their ideas. In 2016, companies led by men received 16 times the funding of those run by women, a statistic perhaps influenced by the fact that only 7% of partners at top VC firms are women. How can recent research and inspiring role models contribute to positive momentum for women in technical fields, startup companies, and venture firms?

This public half-day symposium will highlight the experience of women in the tech industry–from established companies to startups and the venture capital firms that support them. The event will also recognize those who have championed the advancement of women in technology through the WITI@UC Athena Awards. Attendees will come away with actionable suggestions for overcoming gender-based challenges and improving the workplace climate for all. The agenda will offer time for presentations as well as informal discussion to build networks for mentoring and peer support.

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and leaders from academia or the public and private sectors interested in supporting a more diverse ecosystem for innovation and creating a welcoming environment for new ideas across the spectrum. We welcome the participation of women and their allies.


11:15 Registration & lunch

12:00 Welcome

12:15 Keynote: Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder, Femgineer; Founding engineer,

12:45 Panel 1

Highlights successes that have contributed to positive momentum for women in technology startup companies and venture firms

2:00 Break & facilitated conversation regarding workplace climate challenges

2:45 Panel 2

Explores research and models for an inclusive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, and actionable suggestions to counter workplace climate hazards

4:00 Keynote: Laura Kray, Professor, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

4:30 WITI@UC Athena Awards Presentations

5:15 Closing remarks

5:30 Networking reception

6:00 Adjourn